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Pixar Animation Studios () is an American
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known for its critically and commercially successful feature films. It is based in
Emeryville, California Emeryville is a small city located in northwest Alameda County, California, in the United States. It lies in a corridor between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, with a border on the shore of San Francisco Bay. The resident population was 10,080 ...
, and is a
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of Walt Disney Studios owned by
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. Pixar began in 1979 as part of the
Lucasfilm Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC is an American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which is a business segment of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is best known for creating and producing the ''Star Wars'' and ...
computer division, known as the Graphics Group, before its spin-off as a corporation in 1986, with funding from
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co-founder
Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), known as Steve Jobs, was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, the chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of ...

Steve Jobs
, who became its
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s, technologically powered by RenderMan, the company's own implementation of the industry-standard
RenderMan Interface SpecificationThe name RenderMan can cause confusion because it has been used to refer to different things developed by Pixar Animation Studios: * RenderMan Interface Specification (RISpec), an open API (technical specification) developed by Pixar for a standard ...
image-rendering
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. Luxo Jr., a desk lamp from the studio's 1986 short film of the same name, is the studio's
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. Pixar has produced 23 feature films, beginning with ''
Toy Story ''Toy Story'' is a 1995 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The first installment in the '' Toy Story'' franchise, it was the first entirely computer-animated featur ...
'' (1995), which is the first fully computer-animated feature film; its most recent film was ''
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'' (2020). The studio's films have usually debuted with
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CinemaScore
ratings of at least an "A−", which indicates a positive reception with audiences. The studio has also produced dozens of short films. , its feature films have earned approximately $14 billion at the worldwide
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box office
, with an average worldwide gross of $680 million per film. ''
Toy Story 3 ''Toy Story 3'' is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the third installment in the ''Toy Story'' series and the sequel to ''Toy Story 2'' (1999). It was directed by ...
'' (2010), ''
Finding Dory ''Finding Dory'' is a 2016 American computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton and written by Stanton and Victoria Strouse, the film is a sequel/spinoff ...

Finding Dory
'' (2016), ''
Incredibles 2 ''Incredibles 2'' is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it is the sequel to ''The Incredibles'' (2004) and the second fu ...
'' (2018), and ''
Toy Story 4 ''Toy Story 4'' is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the fourth installment in Pixar's ''Toy Story'' series and the sequel to ''Toy Story 3'' (2010). It ...
'' (2019) are all among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with ''Incredibles 2'' being the third highest-grossing animated film of all time, with a gross of $1.2 billion; the other three also grossed over $1 billion. Moreover, 15 of Pixar's films are in the 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time. The studio has earned 20
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, 9
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s, and 11
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s, along with numerous other awards and acknowledgments. Many of Pixar's films have been nominated for the
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, since its inauguration in 2001, with ten Pixar winners being ''
Finding Nemo ''Finding Nemo'' is a 2003 American computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich, the screenplay was writte ...
'' (2003), ''
The Incredibles ''The Incredibles'' is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it stars the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vow ...
'' (2004), ''
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'' (2007), ''
WALL-E ''WALL-E'' (stylized with an interpunct as ''WALL·E'') is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction romantic comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed and co-written by Andre ...
'' (2008), '' Up'' (2009), ''Toy Story 3'' (2010), '' Brave'' (2012), ''
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'' (2015), '' Coco'' (2017), and ''
Toy Story 4 ''Toy Story 4'' is a 2019 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the fourth installment in Pixar's ''Toy Story'' series and the sequel to ''Toy Story 3'' (2010). It ...
'' (2019); the three nominated without winning are '' Monsters, Inc.'' (2001), ''
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'' (2006), and ''
Incredibles 2 ''Incredibles 2'' is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it is the sequel to ''The Incredibles'' (2004) and the second fu ...
'' (2018). ''Up'' and ''Toy Story 3'' were also nominated for the more competitive and inclusive
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. On September 6, 2009, Pixar executives
John Lasseter John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor, and the head of animation at Skydance Animation. He was previously the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, W ...
,
Brad Bird Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor. He has directed the animated feature films ''The Iron Giant'', ''The Incredibles'', its sequel ''Incredibles 2'', and ...
,
Pete Docter Peter Hans Docter (born October 9, 1968) is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor, and chief creative officer of Pixar. He is best known for directing the Pixar animated feature films ''Monsters, Inc.'' (2001), ...
,
Andrew Stanton Andrew Ayers Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and voice actor based at Pixar, which he joined in 1990. His film work includes co-writing and co-directing Pixar's ''A Bug's Life'' (1998), directin ...

Andrew Stanton
, and
Lee Unkrich Lee Edward Unkrich (born August 8, 1967) is an American director, film editor, screenwriter, and animator. He was a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later began directing, first as co-dir ...
were presented with the
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Golden Lion
award for
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by the
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Venice Film Festival
. The physical award was ceremoniously handed to Lucasfilm's founder,
George Lucas George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known for creating the ''Star Wars'' and ''Indiana Jones'' franchises and founding Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Indu ...

George Lucas
.


History


Early history

Pixar got its start in 1974 when
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's (NYIT) founder,
Alexander Schure Alexander Schure (August 3, 1920 - October 29, 2009) was an American academic and entrepreneur. Schure founded the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 1955. He also served as the Chancellor of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) from 1970 unt ...
, who was also the owner of a traditional animation studio, established the
Computer Graphics LabThe Computer Graphics Lab was a computer lab located at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in the late 1970s and 1980s, founded by Dr. Alexander Schure. It was originally located at the "pink building" on the NYIT campus. The lab was initia ...
(CGL) and recruited
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who shared his ambitions about creating the world's first computer-animated film.
Edwin Catmull Edwin Earl "Ed" Catmull (born March 31, 1945) is an American computer scientist who was co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has been honored for his contributions to 3D computer graphics, including the 2019 ACM T ...
and Malcolm Blanchard were the first to be hired and were soon joined by
Alvy Ray Smith Alvy Ray Smith III (born September 8, 1943) is an American computer scientist who co-founded Lucasfilm's Computer Division and Pixar, participating in the 1980s and 1990s expansion of computer animation into feature film. Education In 1965, Alv ...
and David DiFrancesco some months later, which were the four original members of the Computer Graphics Lab, located in a converted two-story garage acquired from the former Vanderbilt-Whitney estate. Schure kept pouring money into the computer graphics lab, an estimated $15 million, giving the group everything they desired and driving NYIT into serious financial troubles. Eventually, the group realized they needed to work in a real
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in order to reach their goal.
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then invited Smith to his house for a three-day media conference, where Coppola and
George Lucas George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known for creating the ''Star Wars'' and ''Indiana Jones'' franchises and founding Lucasfilm, LucasArts, and Indu ...

George Lucas
shared their visions for the future of digital moviemaking. When Lucas approached them and offered them a job at his studio, six employees moved to
Lucasfilm Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC is an American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which is a business segment of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is best known for creating and producing the ''Star Wars'' and ...
. During the following months, they gradually resigned from CGL, found temporary jobs for about a year to avoid making Schure suspicious, and joined the Graphics Group at Lucasfilm. The Graphics Group, which was one-third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, was launched in 1979 with the hiring of Catmull from NYIT, where he was in charge of the Computer Graphics Lab. He was then reunited with Smith, who also made the journey from NYIT to Lucasfilm, and was made the director of the Graphics Group. At NYIT, the researchers pioneered many of the CG foundation techniques—in particular, the invention of the alpha channel by Catmull and Smith. Over the next several years, the CGL would produce a few frames of an experimental film called ''The Works (film), The Works''. After moving to Lucasfilm, the team worked on creating the precursor to RenderMan Interface Specification, RenderMan, called REYES (for "renders everything you ever saw") and developed several critical technologies for CG—including particle effects and various animation tools.
John Lasseter John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor, and the head of animation at Skydance Animation. He was previously the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, W ...
was hired to the Lucasfilm team for a week in late 1983 with the title "interface designer"; he animated the short film ''The Adventures of André & Wally B.'' In the next few years, a designer suggested naming a new digital compositing computer the "Picture Maker". Smith suggested that the laser-based device have a catchier name, and came up with "Pixer", which after a meeting was changed to "Pixar". In 1982, the team began working on special-effects film sequences with Industrial Light & Magic. After years of research, and key milestones such as the Genesis Effect in ''Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'' and the Stained Glass Knight in ''Young Sherlock Holmes'', the group, which then numbered 40 individuals, was spun out as a corporation in February 1986 by Catmull and Smith. Among the 38 remaining employees, there were also Malcolm Blanchard, David DiFrancesco, Ralph Guggenheim, and Bill Reeves, who had been part of the team since the days of NYIT. Tom Duff, also an NYIT member, would later join Pixar after its formation. With Lucas's 1983 divorce, which coincided with the sudden dropoff in revenues from ''Star Wars'' licenses following the release of ''Return of the Jedi'', they knew he would most likely sell the whole Graphics Group. Worried that the employees would be lost to them if that happened, which would prevent the creation of the first computer-animated movie, they concluded that the best way to keep the team together was to turn the group into an independent company. But Moore's Law also suggested that sufficient computing power for the first film was still some years away, and they needed to focus on a proper product until then. Eventually, they decided they should be a hardware company in the meantime, with their Pixar Image Computer as the core product, a system primarily sold to governmental, scientific, and medical markets. They also used Silicon Graphics, SGI computers. In 1983, Nolan Bushnell founded a new computer-guided animation studio called Kadabrascope as a subsidiary of his Chuck E. Cheese's, Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatres company (PTT), which was founded in 1977. Only one major project was made out of the new studio, an animated Christmas special for NBC starring Chuck E. Cheese and other PTT mascots; known as
Chuck E. Cheese: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
. The animation movement would be made using inbetweening, tweening instead of traditional cel animation. After the video game crash of 1983, Bushnell started selling some subsidiaries of PTT to keep the business afloat. Sente Technologies (another division, was founded to have games distributed in PTT stores) was sold to Bally Technologies, Bally Games and Kadabrascope was sold to Lucasfilm. The Kadabrascope assets were combined with the Computer Division of Lucasfilm. Coincidentally, one of Steve Jobs's first jobs was under Bushnell in 1973 as a technician at his other company Atari, which Bushnell sold to Warner Communications in 1976 to focus on PTT. PTT would later go bankrupt in 1984 and be acquired by ShowBiz Pizza Place.


Independent company

In 1986, the newly independent Pixar was headed by President
Edwin Catmull Edwin Earl "Ed" Catmull (born March 31, 1945) is an American computer scientist who was co-founder of Pixar and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has been honored for his contributions to 3D computer graphics, including the 2019 ACM T ...
and Executive Vice President
Alvy Ray Smith Alvy Ray Smith III (born September 8, 1943) is an American computer scientist who co-founded Lucasfilm's Computer Division and Pixar, participating in the 1980s and 1990s expansion of computer animation into feature film. Education In 1965, Alv ...
. Lucas's search for investors led to an offer from
Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), known as Steve Jobs, was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, the chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of ...

Steve Jobs
, which Lucas initially found too low. He eventually accepted after determining it impossible to find other investors. At that point, Smith and Catmull had been declined 45 times, and 35 venture capitalists and ten large corporations had declined. Jobs, who had been edged out of
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in 1985, was now founder and CEO of the new computer company NeXT. On February 3, 1986, he paid $5 million of his own money to George Lucas for technology rights and invested $5 million cash as capital into the company, joining the board of directors as chairman. In 1985, while still at Lucasfilm, they had made a deal with the Japanese publisher Shogakukan to make a computer-animated movie called ''Monkey'', based on the Sun Wukong, Monkey King. The project continued sometime after they became a separate company in 1986, but it became clear that the technology was not sufficiently advanced. The computers were not powerful enough and the budget would be too high. So they focused on the computer hardware business for years until a computer-animated feature became feasible according to Moore's law. At the time, Walt Disney Studios was interested and eventually bought and used the Pixar Image Computer and custom software written by Pixar as part of its Computer Animation Production System (CAPS) project, to migrate the laborious ink and paint part of the 2D animation process to a more automated method. The company's first feature film to be released using this new animation method was The_Black_Cauldron_(film), ''The Black Cauldron.'' In a bid to drive sales of the system and increase the company's capital, Jobs suggested releasing the product to the mainstream market. Pixar employee John Lasseter, who had long been working on not-for-profit short demonstration animations, such as ''Luxo Jr.'' (1986) to show off the device's capabilities, premiered his creations to great fanfare at SIGGRAPH, the computer graphics industry's largest convention. However, the Image Computer had inadequate sales which threatened to end the company as financial losses grew. Jobs increased investment in exchange for an increased stake, reducing the proportion of management and employee ownership until eventually, his total investment of $50 million gave him control of the entire company. In 1989, Lasseter's growing animation department, originally composed of just four people (Lasseter, William Reeves (animator), Bill Reeves, Eben Fiske Ostby, Eben Ostby, and Samuel J Leffler, Sam Leffler), was turned into a division that produced computer-animated commercials for outside companies. In April 1990, Pixar sold its hardware division, including all proprietary hardware technology and imaging software, to Vicom Systems, and transferred 18 of Pixar's approximately 100 employees. That year, Pixar moved from San Rafael, California, San Rafael to Richmond, California. Pixar released some of its software tools on the open market for Macintosh and Windows systems. RenderMan is one of the leading 3D packages of the early 1990s, and Typestry is a special-purpose 3D text renderer that competed with RayDream. During this period, Pixar continued its successful relationship with Walt Disney Animation Studios, a studio whose corporate parent would ultimately become its most important partner. As 1991 began, however, the layoff of 30 employees in the company's computer hardware department—including the company's president, Chuck Kolstad, reduced the total number of employees to just 42, approximately its original number. Pixar made a historic $26 million deal with Disney to produce three computer-animated feature films, the first of which is ''
Toy Story ''Toy Story'' is a 1995 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The first installment in the '' Toy Story'' franchise, it was the first entirely computer-animated featur ...
'', the product of the technological limitations that challenged CGI. By then the software programmers, who were doing RenderMan and IceMan, and Lasseter's animation department, which made television commercials (and four Luxo Jr. shorts for ''Sesame Street'' the same year), were all that remained of Pixar. Even with income from these projects, the company continued to lose money and Steve Jobs, as chairman of the board and now the full owner, often considered selling it. Even as late as 1994, Jobs contemplated selling Pixar to other companies such as Hallmark Cards, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and Oracle Corporation, Oracle CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison. Only after learning from New York critics that ''Toy Story'' would probably be a hit—and confirming that Disney would distribute it for the 1995 Christmas season—did he decide to give Pixar another chance. For the first time, he also took an active leadership role in the company and made himself CEO. ''Toy Story'' grossed more than $373 million worldwide and, when Pixar held its initial public offering on November 29, 1995, it exceeded Netscape's as the biggest IPO of the year. In its first half-hour of trading, Pixar stock shot from $22 to $45, delaying trading because of unmatched buy orders. Shares climbed to and closed the day at $39. During the 1990s and 2000s, Pixar gradually developed the "Pixar Braintrust", the studio's primary creative development process, in which all of its directors, writers, and lead storyboard artists regularly examine each other's projects and give very candid "notes", the industry term for constructive criticism. The Braintrust operates under a philosophy of a "filmmaker-driven studio", in which creatives help each other move their films forward through a process somewhat like peer review, as opposed to the traditional Hollywood approach of an "executive-driven studio" in which directors are Micromanagement, micromanaged through "mandatory notes" from development executives outranking the producers. According to Catmull, it evolved out of the working relationship between Lasseter, Stanton, Docter, Unkrich, and Joe Ranft on ''Toy Story''. As a result of the success of ''Toy Story'', Pixar built a new studio at the Emeryville campus which was designed by PWP Landscape Architecture and opened in November 2000.


Collaboration with Disney

Pixar and Disney had disagreements over the production of ''Toy Story 2''. Originally intended as a straight-to-video release (and thus not part of Pixar's three-picture deal), the film was eventually upgraded to a theatrical release during production. Pixar demanded that the film then be counted toward the three-picture agreement, but Disney refused. Though profitable for both, Pixar later complained that the arrangement was not equitable. Pixar was responsible for creation and production, while Disney handled Film marketing, marketing and distribution. Profits and production costs were split equally, but Disney exclusively owned all story, character, and sequel rights and also collected a 10- to 15-percent distribution fee. The lack of these rights was perhaps the most onerous aspect for Pixar and precipitated a contentious relationship. The two companies attempted to reach a new agreement for ten months and failed in January 2004. The new deal would be only for distribution, as Pixar intended to control production and own the resulting story, character, and sequel rights while Disney would own the right of first refusal to distribute any sequels. Pixar also wanted to finance its own films and collect 100 percent profit, paying Disney only the 10- to 15-percent distribution fee. More importantly, as part of any distribution agreement with Disney, Pixar demanded control over films already in production under the old agreement, including ''
The Incredibles ''The Incredibles'' is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it stars the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vow ...
'' (2004) and ''
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'' (2006). Disney considered these conditions unacceptable, but Pixar would not concede. Disagreements between
Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), known as Steve Jobs, was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, the chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of ...

Steve Jobs
and Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner made the negotiations more difficult than they otherwise might have been. They broke down completely in mid-2004, with Disney forming Circle 7 Animation and Jobs declaring that Pixar was actively seeking partners other than Disney. Even with this announcement and several talks with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox, Pixar did not enter negotiations with other distributors, although a Warner Bros. spokesperson told CNN, "We would love to be in business with Pixar. They are a great company." After a lengthy hiatus, negotiations between the two companies resumed following the departure of Eisner from Disney in September 2005. In preparation for potential fallout between Pixar and Disney, Jobs announced in late 2004 that Pixar would no longer release movies at the Disney-dictated November time frame, but during the more lucrative early summer months. This would also allow Pixar to release DVDs for its major releases during the Christmas shopping season. An added benefit of delaying ''Cars'' from November 4, 2005, to June 9, 2006, was to extend the time frame remaining on the Pixar-Disney contract, to see how things would play out between the two companies. Pending the Disney acquisition of Pixar, the two companies created a distribution deal for the intended 2007 release of ''Ratatouille'', to ensure that if the acquisition failed, this one film would be released through Disney's distribution channels. In contrast to the earlier Pixar deal, ''
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'' was meant to remain a Pixar property and Disney would have received only a distribution fee. The completion of Disney's Pixar acquisition, however, nullified this distribution arrangement.


Disney subsidiary

In January 2006, Disney ultimately agreed to buy Pixar for approximately $7.4 billion in an Stock swap, all-stock deal. Following Pixar shareholder approval, the acquisition was completed May 5, 2006. The transaction catapulted Jobs, who owned 49.65% of total share interest in Pixar, to Disney's largest individual shareholder with 7%, valued at $3.9 billion, and a new seat on its board of directors. Jobs's new Disney holdings exceeded holdings belonging to ex-CEO Michael Eisner, the previous top shareholder, who still held 1.7%; and Disney Director Emeritus Roy E. Disney, who held almost 1% of the corporation's shares. Pixar shareholders received 2.3 shares of Disney common stock for each share of Pixar common stock redeemed. As part of the deal, John Lasseter, by then Executive Vice President, became Creative director, Chief Creative Officer (reporting directly to President and CEO Robert Iger and consulting with Disney Director Roy E. Disney) of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios (including its division DisneyToon Studios), as well as the Principal Creative Adviser at Walt Disney Imagineering, which designs and builds the company's Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, theme parks. Catmull retained his position as President of Pixar, while also becoming President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, reporting to Iger and Dick Cook, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. Jobs's position as Pixar's chairman and chief executive officer was abolished, and instead, he took a place on the Disney board of directors. After the deal closed in May 2006, Lasseter revealed that Iger had realized Disney needed to buy Pixar while watching a parade at the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in September 2005. Iger noticed that of all the Disney characters in the parade, not one was a character that Disney had created within the last ten years since all the newer ones had been created by Pixar. Upon returning to Burbank, Iger commissioned a financial analysis that confirmed that Disney had actually lost money on animation for the past decade, then presented that information to the board of directors at his first board meeting after being promoted from COO to CEO, and the board, in turn, authorized him to explore the possibility of a deal with Pixar. Lasseter and Catmull were wary when the topic of Disney buying Pixar first came up, but Jobs asked them to give Iger a chance (based on his own experience negotiating with Iger in summer 2005 for the rights to American Broadcasting Company, ABC shows for the fifth-generation iPod Classic), and in turn, Iger convinced them of the sincerity of his epiphany that Disney really needed to re-focus on animation. Lasseter and Catmull's oversight of both the Disney Feature Animation and Pixar studios did not mean that the two studios were merging, however. In fact, additional conditions were laid out as part of the deal to ensure that Pixar remained a separate Legal entity, entity, a concern that analysts had expressed about the Disney deal. Some of those conditions were that Pixar Human resources, HR policies would remain intact, including the lack of employment contracts. Also, the Pixar name was guaranteed to continue, and the studio would remain in its current
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, location with the "Pixar" sign. Finally, branding of films made post-merger would be "Disney•Pixar" (beginning with ''Cars''). Jim Morris (film producer), Jim Morris, producer of ''
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'' (2008), became general manager of Pixar. In this new position, Morris took charge of the day-to-day running of the studio facilities and products. After a few years, Lasseter and Catmull were able to successfully transfer the basic principles of the Pixar Braintrust to Disney Animation, although meetings of the Disney Story Trust are reportedly "more polite" than those of the Pixar Braintrust. Catmull later explained that after the merger, to maintain the studios' separate identities and cultures (notwithstanding the fact of common ownership and common senior management), he and Lasseter "drew a hard line" that each studio was solely responsible for its own projects and would not be allowed to borrow personnel from or lend tasks out to the other. That rule ensures that each studio maintains "local ownership" of projects and can be proud of its own work. Thus, for example, when Pixar had issues with ''Ratatouille'' and Disney Animation had issues with ''Bolt (2008 film), Bolt'' (2008), "nobody bailed them out" and each studio was required "to solve the problem on its own" even when they knew there were personnel at the other studio who theoretically could have helped. In November 2014, Morris was promoted to president of Pixar, while his counterpart at Disney Animation, general manager Andrew Millstein, was also promoted to president of that studio. Both continued to report to Catmull, who retained the title of president of both Disney Animation and Pixar. On November 21, 2017, Lasseter announced that he was taking a six-month leave of absence after acknowledging what he called "missteps" in his behavior with employees in a memo to staff. According to ''The Hollywood Reporter'' and ''The Washington Post'', Lasseter had a history of alleged sexual misconduct towards employees. On June 8, 2018, it was announced that Lasseter would leave Disney Animation and Pixar at the end of the year, but would take on a consulting role until then.
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was announced as Lasseter's replacement as chief creative officer of Pixar on June 19, 2018. On October 23, 2018, it was announced that Catmull would be retiring. He stayed in an adviser role until July 2019. On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Lee Unkrich would be leaving Pixar after 25 years.


Expansion

On April 20, 2010, Pixar opened Pixar Canada in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The roughly 2,000 square meters studio produced seven short films based on ''Toy Story (franchise), Toy Story'' and ''Cars (franchise), Cars'' characters. In October 2013, the studio was closed down to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters.


Campus

When
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, chief executive officer of Apple Inc. and Pixar, and
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, then-executive vice president of Pixar, decided to move their studios from a leased space in Point Richmond, California, to larger quarters of their own, they chose a 20-acre site in
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, formerly occupied by Del Monte Foods, Del Monte Foods, Inc. The first building of several, a high-tech structure designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, has special Building foundation, foundations and electricity generation, electricity generators to ensure continued film production, even through major earthquakes. The character of the building is intended to abstractly recall Emeryville's industrial past. The two-story steel-and-masonry building is a collaborative space with many pathways. The digital revolution in filmmaking was driven by applied mathematics, including computational physics and geometry. In 2008, this led Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose to offer to host the second Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival at the Emeryville campus.Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival 2008
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute


Feature films and shorts


Traditions

Some of Pixar's first animators were former Traditional animation, cel animators including John Lasseter, and others came from computer animation or were fresh college graduates. A large number of animators that make up its animation department had been hired around the releases of ''A Bug's Life'' (1998), '' Monsters, Inc.'' (2001), and ''
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'' (2003). The success of ''
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'' (1995) made Pixar the first major computer-animation studio to successfully produce theatrical feature films. The majority of the animation industry was (and still is) located in Los Angeles, and Pixar is located north in the San Francisco Bay Area. Traditional hand-drawn animation was still the dominant medium for feature animated films. With the scarcity of Los Angeles-based animators willing to move their families so far north to give up traditional animation and try computer animation, Pixar's new hires at this time either came directly from college or had worked outside feature animation. For those who had traditional animation skills, the Pixar animation software Marionette (software), Marionette was designed so that traditional animators would require a minimum amount of training before becoming productive. In an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, Lasseter said that Pixar's films follow the same theme of self-improvement as the company itself has: with the help of friends or family, a character ventures out into the real world and learns to appreciate his friends and family. At the core, Lasseter said, "it's gotta be about the growth of the main character and how he changes." Since 1995, actor John Ratzenberger, who famously stars in the television show ''Cheers'' (1982–93), has voiced a character in each Pixar feature film, except ''
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'' (2020) in which he had a non-speaking background character animated in his likeness instead. Pixar paid tribute to its "good luck charm" in the end credits of ''
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'' (2006) by parodying scenes from three of its earlier films (''Toy Story'', ''Monsters, Inc.'', and ''A Bug's Life''), replacing all of the characters with motor vehicle versions of them. After the third scene, Mack (Cars), Mack (his character in ''Cars'') realizes that the same actor has been voicing characters in every film. Due to the traditions that have occurred within the films and shorts such as anthropomorphic creatures and objects, and Easter egg (media), easter egg crossovers between films and shorts that have been spotted by Pixar fans, a blog post titled ''The Pixar Theory'' was published in 2013 by Jon Negroni, and popularized by the YouTube channel Super Carlin Brothers, proposing that all of the characters within the Pixar universe were related, surrounding Boo from ''Monsters Inc.'' and the Witch from Brave (2012 film), ''Brave'' (2012).


Sequels and prequels

''Toy Story 2'' was originally commissioned by Disney as a 60-minute direct-to-video film. Expressing doubts about the strength of the material, John Lasseter convinced the Pixar team to start from scratch and make the sequel their third full-length feature film. Following the release of ''Toy Story 2'' in 1999, Pixar and Disney had a gentlemen's agreement that Disney would not make any sequels without Pixar's involvement though retaining a right to do so. After the two companies were unable to agree on a new deal, Disney announced in 2004 they would plan to move forward on sequels with or without Pixar and put ''
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'' into pre-production at Disney's then-new CGI division Circle 7 Animation. However, when Lasseter was placed in charge of all Disney and Pixar animation following Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006, he put all sequels on hold and ''Toy Story 3'' was canceled. In May 2006, it was announced that ''Toy Story 3'' was back in pre-production with a new plot and under Pixar's control. The film was released on June 18, 2010, as Pixar's eleventh feature film. Shortly after announcing the resurrection of ''Toy Story 3'', Lasseter fueled speculation on further sequels by saying, "If we have a great story, we'll do a sequel." ''Cars 2'', Pixar's first non-''Toy Story'' sequel, was officially announced in April 2008 and released on June 24, 2011 as their twelfth. ''Monsters University'', a prequel to '' Monsters, Inc.'' (2001), was announced in April 2010 and initially set for release in November 2012; the release date was pushed to June 21, 2013 due to Pixar's past success with summer releases, according to a Disney executive. In June 2011, Tom Hanks, who voiced Sheriff Woody, Woody in the Toy Story (franchise), ''Toy Story'' series, implied that ''
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'' was "in the works", although it had not yet been confirmed by the studio. In April 2013, ''
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'', a sequel to ''
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'', was announced for a June 17, 2016 release. In March 2014, ''
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'' and ''Cars 3'' were announced as films in development. In November 2014, ''Toy Story 4'' was confirmed to be in development with Lasseter serving as director. However, in July 2017, Lasseter announced that he had stepped down, leaving Josh Cooley as sole director. Released in June 2019, ''Toy Story 4'' ranks among the 40 top-grossing films in American cinema.


Adaptation to television

''Toy Story'' is the first Pixar film to be adapted for television as Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, ''Buzz Lightyear of Star Command'' film and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, TV series on the UPN television network, now The CW. ''Cars'' became the second with the help of ''Cars Toons'', a series of 3-to-5-minute short films running between regular Disney Channel show intervals and featuring Mater (Cars), Mater (a tow truck voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy). Between 2013 and 2014, Pixar released its first two television specials, ''Toy Story of Terror!'' and ''Toy Story That Time Forgot''. ''Monsters at Work'', a television series spin-off of ''Monsters, Inc.'', is currently in development for Disney+. On December 10, 2020, it was announced that three series would be released on Disney+ sometime in the next few years. The first is ''Dug Days'' (about Dug from '' Up'') where Dug explores the suburbia. ''Dug Days'' will be released in Fall 2021. Next, an untitled ''Cars (franchise), Cars'' show was announced to hit Disney+ in Fall 2022 where viewers will follow Mater and Lighting McQueen as they go on a road trip. Lastly, an original show entitled ''Win or Lose'' would be released on Disney+ in Fall 2023. The series will follow a middle school softball team the week leading up the big championship game where each episode will be from a different perspective.


Animation and live-action

All Pixar films and shorts to date have been computer-animated features, but so far, ''
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'' (2008) has been the only Pixar film not to be completely animated as it featured a small amount of live-action footage while ''Day & Night (2010 film), Day & Night'' (2010), ''Kitbull'' (2019), and ''Burrow (film), Burrow'' (2020) are the only three shorts to feature 2D animation. ''1906 (novel)#Potential film adaptation, 1906'', the live-action film by
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based on a screenplay and novel by James Dalessandro about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, 1906 earthquake, was in development but has since been abandoned by Bird and Pixar. Bird has stated that he was "interested in moving into the live-action realm with some projects" while "staying at Pixar [because] it's a very comfortable environment for me to work in". In June 2018, Bird mentioned the possibility of adapting the novel as a TV series, and the earthquake sequence as a live-action feature film. The ''Toy Story Toons'' short ''Hawaiian Vacation'' (2011) also includes the fish and shark as live-action. Jim Morris, president of Pixar, produced Walt Disney Pictures, Disney's ''John Carter (film), John Carter'' (2012) which
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co-wrote and directed. Pixar's creative heads were consulted to fine tune the script for the 2011 live-action film ''The Muppets (film), The Muppets''. Similarly, Pixar assisted in the story development of Disney's ''The Jungle Book (2016 film), The Jungle Book'' (2016) as well as providing suggestions for the film's end credits sequence. Both Pixar and Mark Andrews (filmmaker), Mark Andrews were given a "Special Thanks" credit in the film's credits. Additionally, many Pixar animators, both former and current, were recruited for a traditional hand-drawn animated sequence for the 2018 film ''Mary Poppins Returns''. Pixar representatives have also assisted in the English localization of several Studio Ghibli films, mainly those from Hayao Miyazaki. In 2019, Pixar developed a live-action Hidden camera#In reality television, hidden camera reality show, titled ''Pixar In Real Life'', for Disney+.


Upcoming films

Four upcoming films have been announced. The first, titled ''Luca (2021 film), Luca'', directed by Enrico Casarosa, will be released on June 18, 2021, followed by ''Turning Red'', directed by Domee Shi, on March 11, 2022, ''Lightyear (film), Lightyear'', directed by Angus MacLane, on June 17, 2022, and an untitled film on June 16, 2023.


Co-op Program

The Pixar Co-op Program, a part of the Pixar University professional development program, allows their animators to use Pixar resources to produce independent films. The first 3D project accepted to the program was ''Borrowed Time (film), Borrowed Time'' (2016); all previously accepted films were live-action.


Franchises


Exhibitions

Since December 2005, Pixar has held exhibitions celebrating the art and artists of themselves over their first twenty years in animation.


''Pixar: 20 Years of Animation''

Pixar celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006 with the release of its seventh feature film ''
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'', and held two exhibitions from April to June 2010 at Science Centre Singapore in Jurong East, Jurong East, Singapore and the London Science Museum in London. It was their first time holding an exhibition in Singapore. The exhibition highlights consist of work-in-progress sketches from various Pixar productions, clay sculptures of their characters and an autostereoscopic short showcasing a 3D version of the exhibition pieces which is projected through four projectors. Another highlight is the Zoetrope, where visitors of the exhibition are shown figurines of ''Toy Story (franchise), Toy Story'' characters "animated" in real-life through the zoetrope.


''Pixar: 25 Years of Animation''

Pixar celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011 with the release of its twelfth feature film ''Cars 2'', and held an exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California from July 2010 until January 2011. The exhibition tour debuted in Hong Kong and was held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin from March 27 to July 11, 2011. In 2013, the exhibition was held in the EXPO in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For 6 months from July 6, 2012 until January 6, 2013 the city of Bonn (Germany) hosted the public showing, On November 16, 2013, the exhibition moved to the Art Ludique museum in Paris, France with a scheduled run until March 2, 2014. The exhibition moved to three Spanish cities later in 2014 and 2015: Madrid (held in CaixaForum from March 21 until June 22), Barcelona (held also in Caixaforum from February until May) and Zaragoza. ''Pixar: 25 Years of Animation'' includes all of the artwork from ''Pixar: 20 Years of Animation'', plus art from ''
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'', ''
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'', '' Up'' and ''
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''.


''The Science Behind Pixar''

''The Science Behind Pixar'' is a travelling exhibition that first opened on June 28, 2015, at the Museum of Science (Boston), Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. It was developed by the Museum of Science in collaboration with Pixar. The exhibit features forty interactive elements that explain the production pipeline at Pixar. They are divided into eight sections, each demonstrating a step in the filmmaking process: Modeling, Skeletal animation, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering (computer graphics), Rendering. Before visitors enter the exhibit, they watch a short video at an introductory theater showing Mr. Ray from ''
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'' and Roz from '' Monsters, Inc.''. The exhibition closed on January 10, 2016 and was moved to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where it ran from March 12 to September 5. Afterwards, it moved to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California and was open from October 15, 2016 to April 9, 2017. It made another stop at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota from May 27 through September 4, 2017. The exhibition opened in Canada on July 1, 2017, at the Telus World of Science (Edmonton), TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE).


''Pixar: The Design of Story''

''Pixar: The Design of Story'' was an exhibition held at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City from October 8, 2015 to September 11, 2016. The museum also hosted a presentation and conversation with John Lasseter on November 12, 2015 entitled "Design By Hand: Pixar's John Lasseter".


''Pixar: 30 Years of Animation''

Pixar celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 with the release of its seventeenth feature film ''
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'', and put together another milestone exhibition. The exhibition first opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan from March 5, 2016 to May 29, 2016. It subsequently moved to the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum National Museum of History, Dongdaemun Design Plaza where it ended on March 5, 2018 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.


References


External links

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List of the 40 founding employees of Pixar
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